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President Donald Trump wanted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to give North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” CD, according to John Bolton’s new book.
Trump had called Kim “Rocket Man” as an insult in relation to North Korea’s nuclear program, and wanted to convince the North Korean leader it was actually a compliment.
Pompeo never gave the CD to Kim.
The former national security adviser also wrote that Trump largely saw his historic summit with Kim as an “exercise in publicity,” and wasn’t particularly interested in getting him to agree to denuclearization.
North Korea has still not denuclearized and tensions are rising between the rogue state, South Korea, and the US.
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President Donald Trump showed an unusual level of interest in getting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to give North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” CD following a summit on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in Singapore back in June 2018, according to a Washington Post article about John Bolton’s new book, which comes out next week.
Pompeo visited North Korea in October 2018, and Trump wanted him to give Kim the CD on the trip. Trump had previously called Kim “Rocket Man” as an insult during a period in which the two leaders traded threats from across the globe over North Korea’s nuclear program. The president apparently wanted to convince Kim it was actually meant as a compliment. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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